Lake Washington School District (LWSD) was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.
Application and enrollment information, and overview of the preschool programs offered in LWSD
Lake Washington School District's Preschool Program accepting applications starting April 1 for 3- and 4-year old students
Lake Washington School District's Preschool Program will start accepting tuition-based applications for the 2019-20 school year beginning April 1 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration takes place at the Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond). If more children are registered for any one location or session (a.m. or p.m.) than we have availability, a lottery for each Preschool building will be held by April 16 to determine the students in those classes. We do our best to balance classes so that all students have a wonderful learning experience. Children must be three and four years old by August 31 of the current school year.
Parents will be notified of results by May 15. After April 1, applications will be accepted at the Resource Center on any school day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Upon confirmation of classroom enrollment, a $400 deposit will be required by June 3, 2019.
Only children registered on April 1 during the registration hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. are eligible to be in the lottery. Read more about Lake Washington Preschool Programs.
The LWSD Preschool Program focuses on providing children and families with a successful first-school experience. Families with a 3- and/or 4-year-old child living within the boundaries of Lake Washington School District are eligible to apply for the preschool program.
LWSD offers the following preschool programs:
Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive early childhood program offering services for the entire family and focuses on school readiness. Families whose income meets the federal poverty guidelines qualify for the Head Start component of the preschool program. The program is designed for children ages 3 and 4, with priority for enrollment given to 4-year-olds. Verification of income must be received before a family can be considered for placement in Head Start. A Family Support Specialist works with families to obtain all needed income documentation.
Head Start Preschool hours*
Morning classes: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon classes: 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Head Start locations: A.G. Bell (Kirkland) and Dickinson Elementary (Redmond)
*Times may vary slightly at individual schools.
Lake Washington School District Preschool Program
The program offers a comprehensive early childhood learning experience in preparation for kindergarten. Classes include typically developing children from the community as well as students receiving special education.
Morning classes: 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon classes: 1:30 – 4 p.m.
*Times may vary at individual schools.
Students Needing Additional Programming Support (SNAPS) is a special education program serving eligible preschool students ages 3-5 with a primary diagnosis of autism. The SNAPS program is designed to supplement the LWSD preschool program and better meet the needs of students with autism and their families. It is an intensive, early-intervention program that involves extensive evaluation, planning and progress-monitoring to help better prepare children for kindergarten entry.
SNAPS students attend both preschool and SNAPS.
10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, in addition to preschool
*Times may vary slightly at individual schools.
The preschool program school year begins in mid-September. Classes are located at elementary schools across the district. Students are assigned to the school nearest their home with available space. Average class size is 15-18 students. Preschoolers attend four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Preschool children and families have access to a variety of services, which may include:
- Unique education experiences
- Literacy program
- Vision, hearing & developmental screenings
- Parent education opportunities
- Health and nutrition education for children and families
Classroom activities are based on the Creative Curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten.
Associate Director, Early Childhood Learning
For more information on the Head Start preschool program:
A.G. Bell Elementary School
11212 NE 112th Street
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 425-936-1170, option 2 for Preschool
For more information on the Lake Washington Preschool Program:
LWSD Resource Center
Lake Washington Preschool Program
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052